Accessible Dining Surfaces and Bars

Thursday, June 1, 2017
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


The ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards apply to a wide range of spaces in the public and private sectors and specify which elements and spaces must be accessible. This session will review how to apply these criteria to dining surfaces and bars and provide guidance on some common errors in design. A representative from the Restaurant Association will provide an overview of the most common restaurant design issues, including product selection, installation details, furniture placement and best practice design tips.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5


Angelo Amador, Senior Vice President and Regulatory Counsel, National Restaurant Association

Teresa Jakubowski, Partner and counsel to the National Restaurant Association, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Shannon Meade, Director, Labor and Workforce Policy, National Restaurant Association

Rex Pace, Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator, US Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 For a center post table with a base, whether a table is fixed or movable, is ANY thickness allowed for the base to overlap the required minimum 30"x48" clear floor space that extends underneath the table edge 17"? If so, what is the criteria to evaluate when it is too tall, too abrupt, or too deep into the clear floor space? If not allowed at all, is that view shared by the DOJ, particularly for movable tables? Clarity is needed across the industry.
2 Does the 30" minimum width of the knee/toe space at the accessible seating in a quick serve restaurant (QSR) trigger a requirement for the table to be a minimum of 30" wide? or does it affect only the knee/toe space? Many QSRs typically have tables that are only 24" wide (assuming cantilevered or otherwise fixed to provide the minimum depth below of 17").
3 Please explain how to analyze the quantity of accessible seating positions when there is a mix of fixed dining surfaces and movable tables and why they are covered differently in the Standards and Regulations. Example: A restaurant has 118 seating capacity. 5% of the 16 seating positions at fixed dining surfaces = 1 accessible space + 5% of 102 seating positions at movable tables = 6 accessible spaces, for a total 7 accessible spaces in the restaurant. However, if the restaurant had ALL fixed surfaces or ALL movable tables, the 118 seat capacity would require only 6 accessible spaces. Is the minimum in the mixed seating arrangement required to exceed that for a restaurant that is 100% fixed or 100% movable?

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